No. 6 Softball Defeats Santa Clara, 7-5

Feb. 10, 2003

HOLOLULU - The No. 6 Washington softball team (5-0) defeated Santa Clara, 7-5, Sunday to advance to the Chevron Paradise Classic championship game.

The Broncos took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a hit and two Husky errors. Washington ace Ashley Boek (Redding, Calif.) opened the game with a strikeout but a misplayed bunt put a runner on first base. UW then made a wide throw to second that rolled into the right-center gap, plating a run and moving the second runner to third. A Husky passed ball allowed the second Santa Clara run to score.

Washington responded in the bottom half of the inning, taking the 5-2 lead on three hits and two Bronco errors. Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) started the UW rally, reaching base on an error by the short stop. Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) followed with a single to center field, putting runners on first and second. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) loaded the bases with no outs when Oleson beat out a play to third base. Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) then powered a hit through the left side of the infield, which got by the left fielder, scoring Oleson, Roach and Clark and moving Rivera to third base. Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) capped off the first inning rally with a towering two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Huskies up by three runs.

Rivera added to Washington's lead in the third, belting a home run over the left field fence to put the Dawgs up, 6-2.

Santa Clara battled back in the bottom of the fifth with three runs to pull within one at 6-5. Keri Reisinger worked her way out of a 0-2 count and drew a walk on 10 pitches to start the inning. Lauren Fissouri followed with a fielder's choice and Coresta Salas hit a three-run home run to challenge the Husky lead.

Freshman Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) gave the Dawgs some breathing room, leading off the sixth inning with a home run to center field.

The Broncos threatened in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Boek forced Santa Clara into a line-out to seal the Washington victory. Boek earns the win as she scattered six hits and struck out five.

The Huskies advance to play Oklahoma State in the championship game of the Chevron Paradise Classic today at 4 p.m. (HT).

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